Ten reasons why Rossi rocks

Here are ten for why Valentino Rossi is the greatest...

Posted: 5 January 2011
by Robin Goodwin

Graziano still sleeps in the back of his car because he hates wasting money on hotels

1. Good DNA stock. Dad, Graziano was a GP winner. In 1979 Papa Rossi had his best racing year taking three victories in the 350 class onboard a Morbidelli. Although with Valentino's step-brother showing potential the genes may lie in the X chromosome passed on from his mother.

VR and WR. Great PR

2. An astonishingly close love and anorak's knowledge of the sport. Rossi is a self-proclaimed student of Grand Prix racing and like the fans of the bygone era, he truly respects the legends of the sport and their achievements, with these factors driving his natural ambitions to new heights.

Wearing AGV since his face was full of pimples

3. Coming from the bike mad country of Italy. Read his autobiography and you'll understand that growing up in Italy greatly enhanced his potential. Even if the start was blasting around the streets of Urbino on a scooter as a youth. Nationality helped too with running top-notch Aprilias from the age of 16 - doesn't hurt rider development.

Once a hooligan, always a hooligan

4. A fantastic grounding in motorsports of all kinds, thanks to exposure to minimotos, off-road buggies and cars at a very young age continuing with Formula 1 and WRC drives now. But this has grown further, Rossi developed his two-wheel skill with an affinity with all forms of bikes, be it two or four-stroke - jumping off his NSR500 to win the Suzuka 8hr on a SP2 highlights this. It's easy, whatever Rossi gets on or in he'll be quick off the mark.

Fag Cash. In the UK sense of the word, not American

5. The ability to adapt to new machinery faster than others. Three of Rossi's premier championsips came onboard a Honda, but the fourth with Yamaha is the vital key to this attribute, taking back-to-back victories on different manufacturers. Making him a member of a small club of two, Eddie Lawson possesses the second membership. He's made a slower start with Ducati but with age comes wisdom and with a lingering injury hampering his performance, why rush...

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Just about says it all. Colin Edwards put it best. GOAT.

Posted: 05/01/2011 at 17:05

Please do not forget that Rossi is ever a gentleman and a gentle man out of the track, he never fails to congratulate his rivals if they beat him and never loses his temper.

 I have been watching him race since he first came into the big bikes and his demeanor and politeness are as obvious and prevalent as his ability and relentlessness on the track.

Posted: 05/01/2011 at 20:45

Just since he arrived in the 500cc class Juan? Didn't follow him through 125s and 250's watching in awe then?


Posted: 06/01/2011 at 09:33

Im surprised you need ten reasons I would have thought one would surfice   The Best rider in the world on track.

Posted: 07/01/2011 at 11:36

an italian rossi on the track with a italian bike has to be the best year for me....i hope he proves all the other teams he still has the edge...and i look forward to the races...

Posted: 07/01/2011 at 21:08

Perhaps there are other factors that are both genetic and acquired: 

Another reason is that Rossi actually enjoys racing, plays at racing, with seriousness but also in a very relaxed fashion.  Why else would his heart-beat be in the low 100 bpms when others are pushing 160+?  It's not simply fitness it is a mental attitude, a playfulness that he takes to the track.  It's an uncanny combination of focus and relaxation, which helps to keep him loose and responsive to track factors.

Posted: 11/01/2011 at 17:15

Nice observations. I'd also say:

Rossi has a genuine original personality that is rarer than hens teeth in motor racing. This is what makes him stand out. Even in the 125's he was obvious, out limelighting the 500 guys even then.  Lorenzo tries to copy but embarresses himself with it and should stop, now!

Also being good looking he could easily be fodder for the fashion / gossip mags yet he isn't. Bravo.

He's an odd mixture of brilliance, flambouyance and humbleness all in one. The best ever by far, he has nothing to prove this year. We are all privalleged to witness a golden age due to his presence. 

Posted: 11/01/2011 at 21:59

and next week on VisorDown: 10 reasons why Casey Stoner is a whining whinging quitter.

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 13:08

Rossi is undoubtably the best but I think you might be pushing it a little with"good looking" there is a reason he became known as monkey ;-)
Can't wait for him to shut up all them doubters once he gets back on a competitive bike. Roll on next season.

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 13:21

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